OYB 2009: 10 January

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s Reading:

Genesis 23:1-24:51 ◊ Matthew 8:1-17 ◊ Psalm 9:13-20 ◊ Proverbs 3:1-6

God's Promises - Psalms/Proverbs:

But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Psalm 9:18 (NIV)

God promises to meet our needs, and never to abandon us without hope when we are afflicted - what comforting promises in times of need!

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:1-6 (NIV)

Proverbs 3 includes three distinct promises. First, keeping God's commands in our hearts will bring us long life and prosperity. Second, keeping love and faithfulness in our hearts will bring us favor from and a good name with God. Third, trust in and acknowledge God in everything, and he will guide and direct us.

God is certainly neither subtle nor vague in His expectations for us. He desires for us to desire to humble our self-centeredness and pride, and to replace them with God's Law and a desire to be obedient to God's Law. I find it interesting that love and faithfulness are referenced directly here: love and faithfulness being the the fundamentals the New Covenant, as established by Christ through the fulfillment of God's Law.

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